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Hatchett graduates basic training

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Army Pvt. Mathew Hatchett graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

He is the son of Ava Kakoczki of Maple Park.

Hatchett graduated in 2010 from Kaneland High School.

Smith earns Girl Scout Gold Award

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Elburn resident Nikki Smith was among 27 Girl Scouts in northern Illinois who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2011. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

Smith worked with the Kane County Judicial Center to paint two murals and add a bookshelf to the waiting room of the Abuse/Neglect/Adoption Courtroom. She also collected art supplies, coloring books, and sewed drawstring bags for 50 art kits that were distributed to foster children through Lutheran Social Services.

“I love art and wanted to work with children,” Smith said. “Through my project, I wanted to ease the transition of kids going through the court and/or foster system and give them the healthy distraction of art.”

Smith was honored for her accomplishment at Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ recent Young Women of Distinction event.

Burroughs named to dean’s list at University of Pittsburgh

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Joseph Burroughs of Elburn was named to the dean’s list for the spring term by earning a 3.50 GPA or better at the School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Fields earns degree in psychology

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Jamie Virginia Fields of Sugar Grove earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana in the spring of 2011. She also earned recognition by making the dean’s list. To make the dean’s list, a student must achieve a grade point of 3.7 or higher and finish in the top 20 percent of their class. Fields will attend Loyola University this fall to pursue a masters degree in Social Work.

Local residents named to North Central dean’s list

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North Central College announced its dean’s list, and four Sugar Grove residents were included on the list. Joseph Garlinsky, Jessica Arnold, Bryan Renaud and Christine Gebauer.

Vazquez, Michels receive $1,000 scholarships

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Samantha Vazquez and Nick Michels each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry in July. Vazquez will attend Marquette University, and Michels will attend Waubonsee Community College.

Area students named to Benedictine University dean’s list

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LISLE, Ill.—The following area students were among part-time students named to Benedictine University Dean’s Recognition List for the Spring 2011 semester: Jacqueline Mueller of Elburn, Dan Humme of Maple Park, Brian Genslinger and Leah Kennetz of Sugar Grove.

The following full-time students were named to the dean’s list: Corina Torres and Kevin Webster, both of Elburn, Kaitlyn Bowden of Sugar Grove.

Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Ill., just 25 miles west of Chicago.

Poczekaj makes honor roll at University of Kansas

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LAWRENCE, Kan.—William Poczekaj II, a senior from Maple Park, is on the spring 2011 honor roll in the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas.

He is the son of William and Lori Poczekaj of Maple Park. He is a graduate of Kaneland High School.

More than 4,400 undergraduate students at KU earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2011 semester.

Duque, Kennedy named to dean’s list at Rockford College

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ROCKFORD, Ill.—The following students attending Rockford College were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester, earning at least a 3.5 GPA with no grades below “C”: Malki Duque of Elburn, and Bridget Kennedy of Sugar Grove.

Rockford College is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering more than 70 majors, minors and concentrations in traditional liberal arts and professional fields.

Domar named Top 10 in Auto Body, Community Service

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SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College’s first female graduate in auto body earned awards at the recent national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Alexandra Domar of Maple Park finished eighth in the nation in the Automotive Refinishing category. Domar, who became the college’s first female auto body graduate this year, was tested on a variety of skills at the competition, including surface preparation; spray gun operation; paint mixing, matching and applying; and safety measures.

Area students named to dean’s list at Augustana College

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ROCK ISLAND—The following Elburn students have been named to the dean’s list at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., for the 2011 spring term: Mary Rhoades, senior, majoring in biology; Alex Kurian, senior, majoring in business administration management; April Runde, senior, majoring in business administration marketing and Spanish; Margaret Clarkson, junior, majoring in business advising; Chassidy Mangers, junior, majoring in communication science and disorders; Kristen Sanecki, junior, majoring in English and French; Emily Butts, sophomore, majoring in pre-elementary education; Emma Anderson, junior, majoring in psychology and sociology with social welfare.

These students from Sugar Grove were also named to the dean’s list: Tara Groen, sophomore, majoring in biology; Curtis Lubic, junior, majoring in biology; Danilo Bruno, sophomore, majoring in pre-teaching Spanish and Spanish.

Students who have earned this academic honor have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the term.

Area graduates receive college degrees

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GALESBURG, ILL.—David Kurian of Elburn received a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

Kevin Hoak graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a masters degree in Health Administration. Hoak is a 2008 graduate of the University of Iowa with BA in Health Science and a 2004 graduate of Kaneland High School.

Eichelberger named to dean’s list at Lawrence University

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APPLETON, Wis.—Samantha Eichelberger, daughter of Brent and Cynthia Eichelberger of Elburn, has been named to the 2010-11 Lawrence University dean’s list for maintaining a minimum 3.4 grade point average.

Kishwaukee College names student honors list

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MALTA, Ill.—Kishwaukee College an-nounced that part-time students Kathleen Hadley and Tiffany Klapmeier, both of Maple Park, were named to the part-time student honors list. More than half the students at Kishwaukee College attend classes part-time.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must have completed a minimum of six (but less than 12) semester hours of college-level courses at Kishwaukee with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Osman named to dean’s list at University of Iowa

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IOWA CITY, IOWA—Elburn resident Madeline Osman, a student taking classes in the University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was named to the college’s dean’s list for the 2011 spring semester.

All students named to the dean’s list carried at least 12 graded hours during the semester.

Spellman attends prestigious summer symphony program

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DOOR COUNTY, WIS.—Emma Spellman, a talented young musician from Elburn, spent two weeks this summer studying in the symphony session at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wis.

Emma is the daughter of Johanna and Kevin Spellman, and studies viola privately with Susan Posner. Emma is a student at Thompson Middle School in St. Charles. She was among only 60 young musicians selected from throughout the country to attend the symphony session at the prestigious school, whose unique mission is to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians, ages 12-18, by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.

Local residents earn degree from Aurora University

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AURORA—Local students Courtney Hazen, Christopher Pietraszak and Ashley Ritter, all of Elburn; Cory Heyob and Philip Roberg of Maple Park; and Megan Allen, Daniel Bieritz, Kevin Cummins, Elizabeth Gebauer, Erin Lapp, Scott Malewig, Theresa Pryor and Amanda Smith, all of Sugar Grove; received degrees from the University of Aurora during the 118th annual event on the Aurora campus and the first graduation ceremony on the GWC campus in Williams Bay, Wis., in almost a century.

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